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Old 03-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #21 (permalink)
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The pay seems a little low, honestly.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:10 PM   #22 (permalink)
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1 other thing, prove me if im wrong. But has anyone else ever made over 50k for an undercard fight? Talking about Brandon Vera again.
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I'm pretty sure Arlovski made a fair bit of coin for his last fight for the UFC but I guess the difference is that the UFC were prepping for him to leave where as Vera appears to be sticking around.
Yea, Arlovski made a base of $100,000 at UFC 82. Fitch made almost $70,000 at UFC 94. Sokoudjou made $80,000 at UFC 84. I'm sure there's more. Vera has recognition, and is big with the Filipino community doing a lot of promotion work down in that area. I was surprised he didn't gross more than what he did.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:41 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Wow Jim needs to fight again so he can finish off this crap 4 fight contract and start making a solid amount not a ton but at least not 9,000 for a main card fight.

I feel ya man, 9,000 is pretty slim.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:52 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I feel ya man, 9,000 is pretty slim.
Well if he fights 4 times a year at 9k per fight, that's 36k per year before taxes.

Add in some win bonuses if be pulls a few together and he makes twice that amount for each fight. Then add some sponsors in and he could be making upwards of 70k per year to fight, when he isn't that big of a draw to mainstream fans. I think that's pretty good for a start out contract.

If he pulls out some wins, and get some name recognition, he could sign a substantially better contract too.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:53 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I personally would love to have the opportunity to make $18,000.00 in one night.

I still do not understand why people say the pay is low? What is it low compared to? I work hard everyday, and there have been many days where my life was in danger (I have worked in Iraq a few times). Just because I work hard and put myself at risk does not mean that I deserve to get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars!

It is simple economics really. A fighter will get paid what they are worth to the company at the time that they sign their contract. Fighters that are getting paid $10,000.00 or less to fight are only worth that to the UFC. Only one guy on the main card was a sub-10-grand fighter and he lost.

If a fighter is not selling PPV’s and putting butts in the seats they are not worth much to the UFC. These guys are fighting trying to make a name for themselves to put them in a position where they are worth more to the company.

Jardine is a perfect example. He made much less than he is now for a while. He went out and won some high profile fights. He is now reaping the rewards. Had he won the decision he would have taken home $170,000.00 (including FOTN bonus) but even after a loss he took home $115,000.00 (and who knows how much other money he gets that is not reported to the athletic commission). He has proven to be a draw for the company and he is now worth more to the company.

So are some fighters “operating in the red” (meaning spending more money to train than they are getting paid to fight)?

I am sure there are many. I am one of them. I train 3-4 days a week and it costs me quite a bit to do so. I have been offered a pro fight on a very small promotion and the money was merely pennies compared to what I pay to train. This is a sport and a business, it is not a charity that rewards people for trying! Just because you are training, doesn’t mean you deserve to get a big payday!

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Old 03-10-2009, 07:31 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:29 AM   #27 (permalink)
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randyspankstito it costs cash to train. He's not making 36k from his fights much less then that when you take out training and medical costs.

But considering he already won twice and got 40,000 for submission of the night so I'm sure he's fine but that doesn't mean his contract is good.
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